Apart from the geology, this place also has a unique a climate and microclimate system and hence arise the concept of “terroir” in winemakers terminology and it’s this terroir that’s makes this place so special.
So we found ourselves traveling along the A6 southbound from Paris to Dijon on this cold winters day with Dinos at the wheels and me navigating(repeating to Dinos what the GPS is saying!)and monkey and saint veeny sitting quietly in the back seat and most probably suffering in agony from Dinos great driving! The distance is approximately KUL to Penang so that’s pretty decent and easy drive.
Soon we exit the freeway and found ourselves in the lovely old town of Plombieres de Dijon which is a small satellite town outside the main town of Dijon.. The first thing that we saw was …………yes, you guess right. mustard factory!! Dijon mustard or moutarde de Dijon which the French call it, is world renowned and is great with gamy meat such as peasant or rabbit. Funny thing though we did not see any mustard plant field……….want to know where the factories get their mustard seed?? then go to wikipedia and you will probably be surprised :)
One of the many locks of the infamous Burgundy canal. Want to know more about this canal.....check it out on wikipedia. It is actually a very important linkage of the waterways in France and it actually connects the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean coast of france and it was constructed pre industrial revolution!
As we continue our journey the first commune or village we come across in the Cote de Nuit is Marsannay-la-cote and followed by Fixin and Brochon. Next is the famous village of Gevrey Chambertin which we will be spending a night.
Cheeky monkey with a traditional press. Nowadays the process of pressing is carried out by machines.
One of the highlights of Gevrey Chambertin is the Chateau Gevrey Chambertin. It is located on the slopes of the Cote D’or at the edge of the village. It’s origins date back to the 10th century and have evolved since but the original iconic square tower still stands tall. The chateau is owned by the Masson family who also owns Domaine du Chateau Gevrey Chambertin and they make good Burgundy wine.
In Gevrey Chambertin you will also find the domaines of winemakers such as Fourier, Pansiot, Ponsot, Pierre Damoy, Rossignol Trapet, etc and off course the infamous Armand Rousseau.
That's Chambertin Clos de Beze and this plot belongs to none other than Pierre Damoy(subject of another post).
Yes, you have arrive in the next commune of Morey St Denis and the communes are basically separated by probably a road and yet the wines produced by the two neighboring parcels are so amazingly different in character.
End of part 1.
Part 2 of my posting will be about our journey further south to the communes of Morey St Denis and so on.